Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they are ending their 27-year marriage.
“After much thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we decided to end our marriage,” they said in a joint statement. “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”
The statement added that they no longer “believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
In 2000, the couple founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that funds research and advocacy around the world, including in some of the world̵
The foundation has provided billions in support of issues such as global health, development and education, as well as the fight against climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and was its chief executive until 2000, retired from the company’s board last year and has since focused most of his efforts on philanthropy.
He still owns approximately 1.3% of Microsoft’s shares. Its net worth is about $ 124 billion, according to Forbes.
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